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“The Chugnav is acting really weird. I don't think that satellite is working properly."
"Hm."
"I wish I could go up in space and take a look at it."
"I'll give you a ride.”
―Hodge and Action Chugger

Hodge and the Chugnav is the twenty-fourth episode of the second season.

Plot

Eddie is really busy, and Hodge can't help him. Then Eddie goes off on another job to unblock the coal chute, keeping Hodge upset. Then Zephie shows him an invention of Dr. Ling's, the Chugnav. The device, from a satellite above, can tell a chugger which way to go. Wilson then offers Hodge to fix a problem with the track lift. After applying oil, Hodge mistakenly orders Wilson to repeatedly go up and down to work in the oil until the fuse blows, causing the lift to break down and Wilson to get stuck in midair.

Fearing reprimand from Eddie, Hodge apologises to him for the accident and gets told to always check with Eddie before carrying out risky jobs.

Brewster and Zephie test out the Chugnav until they reach the tunnel with the broken lift. Hodge offers to collect a replacement fuse from a factory 130 miles away, but Eddie believes he cannot locate the factory. Then Hodge has an idea to use the Chugnav, from which Eddie reluctantly agrees.

On the way to the destination, Hodge meets Action Chugger. Action Chugger wants to find the satellite's altitude and goes up into Low Earth Orbit. However, he inadvertently knocks the satellite upside down. The Chugnav malfunctions, and Hodge can't find his way home. Action Chugger soon realises his mistake and takes Hodge to space to rotate the spacecraft the right way. They go home, landing back in Chuggington at nightfall, roughly 8-9 hours after departing, and Eddie fixes the broken lift to rescue Wilson.

Characters

Rolling Stock

Locations

Cast

UK

US

Trivia

  • This is the first time that any chugger/character has been shown up in space.
  • It is revealed that chuggers do not need air to live as they can breathe and talk fine while up in space.
  • This marks the last time the Factory is mentioned until the sixth season episode, Gold Rush.
  • This episode and Next Stop - Space are the only times that Earth as a whole has been seen.
  • The storyboard for this episode shows that if Action Chugger had been going perfectly straight towards the satellite, he would have started in the middle of the English Channel, which is between the United Kingdom and France. In the final episode, the land is obscured by clouds.
  • In the French version of the episode, the Chugnav does not speak.
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